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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Preface
  • Introduction
    • Constructive Thinking
    • Are You an Imagineer?
  • GALLERY
  • PART ONE: DESIGNING THE FIGURE
  • Making Choices
    • Problem Solving
    • Putting It All Together: Designing Lucy
  • Considerations of Form
    • Type or Form
    • Human Beginnings
    • Animal Types
    • Exceptions, Arguments, and Excuses
    • Doll or Toy Forms
    • Treatments
    • Abstracts and Impressions
    • The Surreal
  • Design Elements
    • Subject and Motif
    • Focal Point
    • Line
    • Scale
    • Color
    • Texture
    • Pattern
    • Balance
    • Harmony
    • Style
  • The Whole Body
    • Heads
    • Gesture or Pose?
    • Illusions and Delusions
    • Proportion
    • Basic Human Proportions
    • Designing with Basic Body Drawings
    • Developing Patterns
  • GALLERY
  • PART TWO: CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS
  • Molds
    • To Mold or Not to Mold
    • A Clean Original: The Wax Model
    • The Plaster Mold
    • The Elasticon Mold
    • The Simple Latex Mold
    • The RTV Mold
    • The Mold and the Design Process
  • Armatures: The Inside Story
    • Wire
    • Wire Physics
    • Wire Anatomy
    • Typical Armature Forms
    • Inventions and Composites
    • Working Armatures
    • Hand-Held
    • Sand Sock
  • Assemblies
    • Sculpture Mechanics
    • Pre-Wired Parts
    • Developing Sculpture and Pose
    • A Tailored Fabric Body
    • The Cloth Body as an Armature
    • Sculpted Torso/Sitting Figure
    • Inserted Wire
    • Exercises
    • Combined Figure: The Dancer
    • Large and Small Figures
    • Transitions
  • GALLERY
  • Joints: The Traditional Approach
    • Common or Typical Joints
    • Joint Physics
    • Joints in Theory and Simple Practice
    • Stitched Joints
    • Head Attachments
    • The Hidden Cloth Joint
    • Buried Joints
    • Joint Material Considerations
    • Joint Design
  • Cloth Figures
    • Design Considerations
    • Dimension and Depth: The Puckerless Piece
    • Design Development: Heads
    • Dimension with Contour
    • Multiple Personalities: The Interchaneable Head
    • Multiple Personalities: The Four-Way Figure
    • Creating a Pattern from a Sketch
    • Cloth Notes
  • Learning to Critique
    • Hands
    • Quick Check Critique for Heads
  • GALLERY
    • Protecting Yourself/Respecting Others
    • Standard Definitions
    • Books and Magazines
    • Suppliers
    • List of Artists
    • Index
    • About the Author

Title: Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction
Author: Susanna Oroyan
Publication Date: TPB:1999
Publisher: C&T Publishing Co., Lafayette, CA
Page Count: 160
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 1-57120-060-6

MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. This book goes into great detail on most aspect of doll design, with plenty of illustration and photos of projects incorporating the techniques given in full color photos from a tremendous gallery of artists. You can't get better than that. This book should be on every doll artist's shelf.

SUMMARY- I've been a fan of Ms. Oroyan's work for quite a few years, and am always happy to see her name pop up, but this is one of her better efforts in a field of outstanding accomplishments. If you don't have this book, shame on you.